Clarke Oduor impressive despite Bradford's defeat to Crewe

STARS ABROAD Clarke Oduor impressive despite Bradford's defeat to Crewe

Mark Kinyanjui 09:00 - 02.01.2024

Oduor continued to play well as an attacking midfielder since his return to the starting line up, although Bradford lost to Crewe.

Harambee Stars winger Clarke Oduor continued to show his reinstation to the Bradford City first eleven was warranted despite Bradford City’s loss to Crewe Alexandria in an EFL League Two match played on Monday.

Chris Long's first-half penalty secured Crewe their first win in seven games as they edged out Oduor and his teammates.

Oduor made two key passes underpinning his creativity and produced a shot on target, and he was also resolute off the ball, making five tackles and interceptions.

The Railwaymen were ahead in the 13th minute when Long drew a foul from Jonathan Tomkinson inside the box and then stepped up to convert the resulting penalty, sending Harry Lewis the wrong way, for his second goal in consecutive games.

Lee Bell's side defended their lead stoically with Bradford commanding possession and going close to securing a point, with Andy Cook hitting the bar with a late header.

In the first half, Alex Gilliead cut in and drove a low shot which Crewe goalkeeper Tom Booth got down to save.

Tyler Smith went close on the half-hour mark when diverting Clarke Oduor's ball into the box just past the far post. Then Oduor offered a fierce shot which Booth parried away.

After the break, Cook pulled a weak effort past the post after some determined work by Gilliead.

Cook's celebrations were cut short after he rose highest to head home Richie Smallwood's free-kick in the 69th minute, only for the referee's assistant to adjudge the striker offside.

Crewe substitute Elliott Nevitt fashioned a good shooting chance for himself, but blasted way over.

Bradford substitute Vadaine Oliver went close with a header which crept past the post. And Cook went even closer to grabbing an equaliser when Booth tipped his powerful header from Bobby Pointon's cross onto the bar.

Booth then got across to thwart a header from Tomkinson which was heading for the bottom corner in the final seconds of stoppage time.

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